Report: Illinois makes decision on potential bowl bid
When the initial NCAA ruling came out on Monday that 5-7 bowl teams would be decided by APR, schools came out with quick responses. Missouri, which had the top APR, declined. Nebraska accepted, as did Minnesota.
Illinois, however, was undecided. Until Tuesday, that is.
The school confirmed to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that it indeed will accept a bowl bid if presented one.
5-7 Illinois will accept bowl bid if offered, source told @ESPN. Illini would get one if Georgia State & South Alabama lose Saturday
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 1, 2015
With five bowl spots available, Nebraska and Kansas State already guaranteed themselves bids with the two highest remaining APRs.
Georgia State and South Alabama are both five-win teams that play this weekend. A loss from both teams — who are both underdogs — would be the only way in which Illinois would be eligible for a bowl berth because of its No. 5 APR standing.
Illinois would be ahead of Georgia State and South Alabama because of APR.
Under Bill Cubit, Illinois dropped its final three games and fell short of the six-win plateau. Illinois fell 35-18 last year in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, which proved to be Tim Beckman’s final game as coach before he was fired because of a player abuse scandal.
Illinois will look to earn consecutive bowl bids for the first time in four years.